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Public Land Survey Marks
Description:
Waymark all Public Land Survey System (PLSS) marks used to define property and public land divisions throughout the world.
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Waymark all Public Land Survey System (PLSS) marks used to define property and public land divisions throughout the world.

There is a new tool for Google Earth for mapping out the PLSS here is the link

PLSS in Google Earth

These are comprised of private survey marks, local government survey marks, boundary poles, private property lines, cairns, rock paint marks, notched boulders, and many more. They can commonly be found defining townships, subdivisions of townships, park boundaries, federal property boundaries, etc.

This category can also include boundary marks and survey marks accomplished by private survey companies used in redefining property lines and construction projects.

If you find a USGS benchmark, then please file it in the US Benchmarks category or other appropriate benchmark category.

More information of survey marks can be found at: PLSS in Wikipedia

Here are pictures and diagrams of what some of these marks look like:

The above plaque is for townshipping. This metal map is divided into 6x6, 1 mile squares; thus the 36 sections of a township. The nail or remaining hole shows you where you are in the township. There is almost always a stone monument near this:

Above is one of the PLSS monuments. In some cases benchmarks have been or are being placed at these stone monuments.

The smallest the plaques will be divided is a 1/16 corner; that is 1/16 of a 1 mile section; or 40 acre corners which equals .250 miles. Private surveyors usually make the smaller ones.

Next to this monument is usually a bearing tree and witness tree (or two witness trees), or even a sign. Scars on the trees will indicate bearing. Here is a witness post:

Here are diagrams of scared trees:

 

There are also several different ways corner marks are represented. These can be chiseled rocks, painted marks, ribbons, wooden posts, cairns, and more:

 

Instructions for Posting a Public Land Survey Marks Waymark:
Post a close up picture of the survey mark. Also post at least one picture of the area giving reference to where the mark is in the immediate area. No GPS photos in the waymark description/photos. Please provide detailed information regarding its location and any specifics of the land it is defining.
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
Please submit a photo(s) taken by you of your visit to the location (non-copyrighted photos only). GPS photos are also accepted with the location in the background, and old vacation photos are accepted. If you are not able to provide a photo, then please describe your visit or give a story about the visit. If you have additional information about the survey mark which is not listed in the waymark description, please notify the waymark owner to have it added, and please post the information in your visit log.
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Found at the shadow of the Brooks Arena entrance, this post bares witness to the South Quarter Corner of Section 32.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 9/26/2016

last visited: never

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Sitting in a hole in the road is this Harrison marking the East Quarter Corner of Section 15.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 9/21/2016

last visited: never

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Located in between St John's and Mt. Hope cemeteries, this Harrison marks the Southeast Corner of Section 15.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 9/21/2016

last visited: never

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Near three witness markers which bare witness to two surveys, this dig monument was placed in 2013 to mark the boundary of Fort McCoy, WI.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 9/20/2016

last visited: never

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Near three different witness posts for two different surveys, this Harrison marks the West Quarter Corner for Section 28.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 9/20/2016

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey Marks21703080020 3 1/2 Inch Cast Iron Pipe (Monroe County Survey) - Angelo, WI, USA

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Set in 1972, this amazing pipe establishes the South Quarter Corner of Section 8.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 9/18/2016

last visited: never

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Located near the intersection of County Hwy BB and County Hwy I, this post bares witness to the West Quarter Corner of Section 33.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 9/16/2016

last visited: never

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Located on the South side of County Rd BB, this witness post is near the edge of Fort McCoy, WI.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 9/16/2016

last visited: never

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As a witness to the South Quarter Corner of Section 28, this witness post has farm land all around.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 9/16/2016

last visited: never

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Marking the East Quarter Corner of Section 12, this witness post sits next to a fence of a cow pasture.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 9/16/2016

last visited: never

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This witness post sits in the shadow of a power pole just feet from the Northwest corner of the Saint Patrick's Catholic Cemetery. It's on the East side of where Water Street turns into Ideal Road.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 9/16/2016

last visited: never

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This post bares witness to a railroad spike in the road which marks the West Quarter Corner of Section 27.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 9/16/2016

last visited: never

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Marking the North Quarter Corner for Section 27, this witness post sits next to a post that use to be a sign post and the end of a fence line. It also has a cable and may have been used as a gate.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 9/16/2016

last visited: never

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Next to what seems like an old gate pole, this witness post is set to bare witness to a Harrison buried in the middle of this intersection.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 9/16/2016

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey Marks21704232000 Power Pole Witness Post (Monroe County Survey) - Sparta, WI, USA

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Since it was the only thing available, surveyors used this power pole as a witness post to mark the West Quarter Corner on Section 24.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 9/16/2016

last visited: never

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This is an amazing intersection with an oak living right in the middle of it. Right next to the oak are a few signs to include this witness post.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 9/15/2016

last visited: never

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This witness post serves as a witness to a Harrison which is buried in the middle of Gardener Avenue. It's on the North side of the road.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 9/15/2016

last visited: never

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Marked with a witness post on the Northwest side of a Fireworks Avenue 90 degree turn, this Harrison monument marks the South Quarter Corner of Section 21.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 9/15/2016

last visited: never

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PLSS section corner remonumented by USDA-Forest Service, Walter F. Miller in 1998. Described in survey CS# 99-009 filed in the Jefferson County Surveyors Office.

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location: Oregon

date approved: 9/14/2016

last visited: never

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Angle Point located on the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness boundary, established by USDA-Forest Service, Walter F. Miller in 1997. Described in survey CS# 97-050 filed in the Jefferson County Surveyors Office.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 9/14/2016

last visited: never

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This Control Point iron pipe is a witness point to the South 1/4 Corner of Section 13 which is 160 feet away in the middle of Perch Lake.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 9/14/2016

last visited: never

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Old iron bar remains as evidence of the SW corner of Section 12

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 9/14/2016

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksFort McCoy Boundary - Drive Monument 2005.01 - LaFayette Township, WI, USA

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In 2013 Anderson Engineering of Minnesota was asked to survey the border of Fort McCoy, WI. This was an extensive task and this Drive Monument was one that was set for this survey.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 9/14/2016

last visited: never

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Angle Point located on the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness boundary, established by USDA-Forest Service, Walter F. Miller in 2005. Described in survey CS# 06-021 filed in the Jefferson County Surveyors Office.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 9/14/2016

last visited: never

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Found on the dirt public drive for the Sparta FOE, this disk marks the SE corner of Section 12.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member mrjcanger

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 9/14/2016

last visited: never

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